In the Spotlight

News & Features
Go to Talking Volumes
DocumentTalking Volumes
More from MPR
Your Voice
DocumentJoin the conversation with other MPR listeners in the News Forum.

DocumentE-mail this pageDocumentPrint this page
Author Neil Gaiman's latest horror novel aimed at young readers
Larger view
Neil Gaiman (Courtesy of HarperCollins)

St. Paul, Minn. — Neil Gaiman became the toast of the comic book world with his Sandman series. He then became a best selling novelist with his books "Neverwhere," "Stardust," and "American Gods." Now he has written "Coraline," a horror novel for children.

Larger view
Image "Coraline"

"Coraline" is about a little girl who discovers a malevolent netherworld hidden behind a door in her house. It's ruled by a hideous being known as "the other mother" who kidnaps Coraline's real parents. She then tries to imprison the girl herself.

Gaiman, an Englishman who now lives just outside the Twin Cities, says he began writing the novel for his daughter 10 years ago. He followed G.K. Chesterton's admonition that fairy tales are more than true, not because they say dragons exist, but because they say dragons can be beaten.

Neil Gaiman told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr the book elicits a very different reaction from different ages.

Respond to this story
News Headlines
Related Subjects